Monday, December 31, 2012

My first haul from Gina's Designs for 2013!!!!

These designs are so amazing!  Please do take a moment to visit the blogs of the other Design Team members listed at the right for many more designs contained in our first quarterly packages.  Gina's Designs are made in the USA, and all of the designs are available to anyone.  This means that you do not need to find  retail sales outlets and pay multiple shipping costs to get the different designs you want.  Everything is available in one place!

A Happy New Year for me!

I'm positively thrilled, and looking forward to the New Year!  I made the Design Team for Gina's Designs for 2013!  I have loved being a part of Gina's Design Team and the new year has so many new designs to work with!   I will be showing at least three Design Team projects per month (probably more because I can't keep my hands off of the new designs LOL) so keep checking my blog and You Tube channel.  Meanwhile, stay tuned for a video showing the goodies I received in my first quarterly haul from Gina's Designs 2013!!

Blog Giveaway Coming Soon!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ho ho ho

Another Design Team project featuring my cat Timmy reluctantly posing in his new Santa hat and beard. Chipboard lazer cuts from Gina's Designs including the chicken wire, birdhouse, large snowflake, and fern fronds (upper right). Also used are Prima flowers and Tim Holtz die cut letters.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Christmas Wish

Another December DT project, more fun with my dog "Billie Jean", and Gina's Designs chipboard lazer cuts.  Here I used a chipboard door (where Santa waits outside gathering the gifts), a lamp post and a large and intricate snowflake.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas in Heaven

This layout is for my Shelby. He's always on my mind at Christmas. I knew that Christmas 2007 would be his last. This layout practically made itself as soon as I put my hands on the paper. I swear I think he has a paw in so much of what I do. Here's to you Sweet Shelby :)

Gina's Designs Products Used:
Birds on a wire 1
For The Birds
Intricate Doilies

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Another Christmas layout featuring chipboard lazer cuts from Gina's Designs.  On this layout I used the new birdhouses and bird nest (in bottom right corner) and a few of the intricate doilies and otherwise used some leftover pieces from other projects such as the gorgeous snowflakes and a pieces of lattice leftover from my Christmas house.

The lovely "Billie Jean" in her Christmas antlers

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Layout - A December Design Team Project

A Christmas layout and Design Team project featuring a few of my pet family members. Our cats Majicou and Batman, and dogs Billie Jean and Friday. The layout also features a lazer cut chipboard tree from Gina's Designs and also lazer cut cardstock doilies from Gina's Designs.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November DT Project - Christmas House on Hinged Canvas

This is my November Design Team Project for Gina's Design's.  The project was supposed to be a 4-sided house with roof but I choose to mount my house on two hinged 8 x 10 canvas's....just for fun.  I hope you like it.

 Above photo is front of canvas
 Above photo is inside niches
Above photo is the back side of the hinged canvas's

Sunday, November 4, 2012

DT Project and November Layout Challenge - The Colors of Autumn

This Autumn layout is a Design Team project for Gina's Designs featuring many of her lazer cut chipboard pieces including the delicate chipboard feathers, crown, clock hands, wings, the word cherish, cat and birdcage, swallow, and chicken wire.  This layout is also my entry to the November layout challenge at Craft Happens.  The model in the photo is my adorable Tiny Tim.  I raised Tim from birth and he turned a year old recently reminding me of just how fast time flies and the need to cherish the time we have.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vampire Altered Letter Swap "E" for Eric - True Blood

True Blood Altered Letter Swap at Craft Happens.  My partner and I both chose to do the letter "E" for hot vampire Eric Northman of the HBO series True Blood.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Steam Punk Canvas

This canvas was so much fun to work on.  I used a combination of lazer cut steam punk shapes sets from Gina's Designs, and embossing powders, and spray inks.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Breaking Dawn Canvas Swap

A Breaking Dawn Canvas Swap I did at Craft Happens.  This is the canvas I made for my partner Ellen.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

DT Project - Vintage Bird

This piece uses lazer cut chipboard chicken wire, butterflies, and shutters.  These pieces and many others can be found at Gina's Designs, home of ready cut and custom cut lazer chipboard elements and mini albums.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Gothic Glam Tag Swap

This tag is for a swap at Craft Happens.  For this tag I used the artwork of Victoria Frances and lots of plush embellishments.

Friday, August 31, 2012

September Layout Challenge at Craft Happens

Come join us at Craft Happens for the September Layout Challenge.  Below is my own entry.  Details are on the site!  Prizes for the winner selected monthly by a drawing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DT Project - Twilight Altered Letter

After I made the Twilight "Bitten" mini album from Gina's Designs, I still had plenty of peices left over to make this altered letter for my wall.  I love how it turned out.  You can watch for a Twilight Altered Letter swap coming soon.  I will be hosting this swap at Craft Happens, so watch for it in our Pop Culture Group.  In this swap we will "make one for the team", i.e. the letter "E" for Team Edward fans, "J" for Team Jacob get the idea :)  I chose simply to be Team Twilight.

DT Project - Vintage Victorian Shadowbox

Created for Gina's Designs, this shadowbox uses her lazer cut window pane, shutters, and awning.  I made it really old and grungy looking with an almost gothic feel.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

DT Project - Dress Form Canvas

A shabby chic dress form layout on a 12 x 12 canvas, and Design Team project for Gina's Designs.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I entered my first swaps this month at the new site Craft Happens.  These are my creations for the altered envelope/metal mail art swap.  Visit us at Craft Happens for lots of other fun swaps!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Steampunked - July Design Team Project

This project features the gorgeous lazer cut chipboard pieces from Gina's Designs.  I really had a lot of fun creating this one.  For more info on the techniques and the lazer cuts I used, please see the video on my YouTube channel.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Layout - Twilight Woods

I created this layout for one of my entries to the August 2012 layout challenge at  The challenge this month does not use a sketch, but is challenging and inspiring, and of course fun!  Part of the challenge is to make your own design paper with stencils, stamps, inks, and/or sprays.

I created another layout also for this challenge.  This one features my daughter Maggie May.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Note Cards in Ten Minutes

I am determined to clean up my scrappy desk every Saturday or Sunday and my challenge to myself is to create a ten minute note card from only scraps on my desk or thereabouts.  Of course I did use my printer for the image, but I grabbed from the first images in my digi image file to keep my time to no more than ten minutes.  Only time will tell if I can continue my challenge, but we'll see.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Altered Canvas - Breaking Dawn - "Haunted"

Altered canvas I inverted for a shadow box look.  Lots of technique on the frame which I cut with my cricut. It was a plain burgundy cardstock that I painted black, then embossed with clear UTEE, then I embossed a dark green in a marbled pattern that I applied with a stamp and finally some bead gel, then silver rub n buff.  The result was a metal look.  Not much color in this piece, I was going for a haunted look at Dawn.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mixed Media Vintage Beach Canvas

Done on a 12 x 12 canvas.  I have used distress inks and sprays by Tim Holtz and Dylusions for the background and also texture paste and Japanese lace paper applied with Golden gel gloss medium.  The vintage photo is printed on sticky backed canvas.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Remembering Dewey

A sketch challenge featuring my late kitty "Dewey".  He was abandoned at my boarding facility about 3 years ago.  Eventually I took him into my home because he was so special.  I knew he missed his original family but hardships made it impossible for them to return for him.  I knew they'd loved him so I did my best to give him a loving place for his remaining  years.  He passed in February of 2012 at about 16 years of age.  His passing was difficult for me, as I'd become so close to him in those last years, I suppose from trying so hard to replace his loving family.  This layout was for a sketch challenge at Craft Happens.  The paper I used was a watercolor stack from DCVW.  I liked the resemblance to clouds and the way the blue brings out his gorgeous eyes.  The birds represent him "flying free".

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vintage Fabric Ornament

A vintage fabric ornament I made today.  I printed a tiny photo onto muslin fabric added batting and various laces and bits, tulle etc.  A few tiny ribbon flowers.  I was happy with the result.  Hope you like it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

DT Project - Armoire Mini Album

This mini album was a custom design by Gina's Designs. Ready made designs are available in the shop at Craft Happens, and this mini or your own custom designs are also available.  You can also purchase directly from Gina's Designs.  Although I'm leaning more towards altered art projects these days, I thoroughly enjoyed making this mini.  I made it more in the direction of an altered art project anyway, and I just love the armoire shape.  If I had room in my home, I would have a shabby chic piece painted just like this one.  The pages have areas that open to reveal photo and journaling opportunities.  You can see how it opens in the video on my YouTube channel.